Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Crunchy Pear Crisp: yummy in my tummy

It’s pear season and I’ve tried a new recipe to celebrate!

Every now and then, I don’t mind giving Mikey a little taste of heaven. Hey, we all like to bite into something sweet! But dessert doesn’t have to be filled with high fructose corn syrup. Instead, make your little one a crunchy pear or apple pie.

Ruth’s recipe on p. 344 is actually for a Crunchy Apple Crisp, but I made it with pears because big juicy ones are dripping off the trees here in Hood River, Ore., where we’re vacationing.

The recipe looks long but it calls for simple ingredients and the preparation goes by quickly. I didn’t regret my efforts. Initially, I was skeptical because I love to make pear pies the traditional way, but I think that I favor this healthier version. The oat crust adds flavor and texture that traditional pies lack.

Here’s my variation of the recipe:

Step #1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the following together in a big bowl:

4 to 5 pears, peeled, cored, and chopped into small pieces

3 tablespoons honey

3 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkin spice

2 tablespoons cubed unsalted butter

Step #2

Pour the pear mixture into a buttered pie dish.

Step #3

In the same bowl that contained the pears, combine these ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour (I use pastry flour because I am making a dessert not bread.)

¼ cup wheat germ

1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin spice

Don’t dump it on the pears yet!

Step #4

Mix ¼ cup melted butter with 6 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup. (I used granulated sugar this time because I ran out of honey after Step #1.)

Mix into oat mixture and then pour over pears.

Press the oat mixture down into the pears with the back of a spoon.

Bake for 50 minutes.

Next time I make this delicious pie, I’ll try adding the walnuts that Ruth suggests. I just didn’t have them handy this time around.

I’d even make this for an adult dinner party if I ever have one of those again!

(This is the second dessert recipe that I’ve made from Super Baby Food. Read my post on the first dessert that I tried.)


Anonymous said...

Pear Pie? Sounds great. I'll give it a try. Does it get soupy?

Thais said...

Nope, it's not soupy at all! I like to cube my pears or apples for this pie and after putting the topping on, I use the back of a spoon and press down on the top of the pie to make a tight fit.

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